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I posted a thread a while back in regards to trying to decide which hoe type seeder would best suit my needs... I really like the Conserva-Pak 1870 from Deere although the transport height is a bit risque in my neck of the woods. A corporate farmer neighbor of mine has had an Aminity 60' seeder for a couple years and seems to do a good job. I did witness his packer wheels drag 5 tonnes of soil one time from sticky clay build-up...

Now the question becomes whether or not it would do any better for me than my 1890 John Deere no-till unit?

I do like the press wheels of the Aminity but am nervous they would not like my stick clay soils.

Our 1890 no-till struggles in damp conditions with open slot, hair-pinning and seed trench side-wall compaction....

What say you?
 

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We have a 40ft Amity and really like it. It never overpacks and we get excellent emergence behind it. However our conditions are likely very different from yours as we are mostly conventional till.

It will go through a lot of mud because of all the flotation but when it starts to drag your observation is right - "5 tonnes" of mud are coming with you. Important to have original style seed tubes if in wet conditions. With those seed tubes and with the scrapers set up right the discs will never slide. That doesn't mean it won't bulldoze though.

It is a very simple design especially if you're wanting to double shoot and easy to maintain.
 

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Now the question becomes whether or not it would do any better for me than my 1890 John Deere no-till unit?

I do like the press wheels of the Aminity but am nervous they would not like my stick clay soils.

Our 1890 no-till struggles in damp conditions with open slot, hair-pinning and seed trench side-wall compaction....
There are some upgrades that can help you with the problems you're seeing with your 1890.

You don't provide us with a geographic location (are you in Ontario?), but for the majority of locations and 'direct seeding' aka no-till, the Amity/Sunflower is going to be quite inferior to a well-maintained JD 1890. The Amity/Sunflower depth control will not be nearly as precise, and overpacking above the seed in damp clay soils is a problem.
 
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